Lincoln's Life Masks
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Life masks of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1860 and 1865 reveal the physical changes that the president experienced during four years of war.
Who is Spiderman?
Who is Spiderman?Video Clip (2:58)
Video Clip (2:58)
The chemistry of Stan Lee's script and Steve Ditko's art made the tale of a high school outcast accidently bitten by a radioactive spider an instant success. An anonymous donor gave the first Spider-Man drawings to the Library in 2008.
A Key to Victory
A Key to VictoryVideo Clip (2:22)
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D-Day raised-relief map of Utah Beach prepared U.S. troops for the 1944 invasion of Normandy.
Branch Rickey Scouting Reports
Branch Rickey Scouting ReportsVideo Clip (3:25)
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Most famous for helping to break baseball's color barrier, Branch Rickey is also credited with developing the minor leagues. Take a look at Rickey's scouting report of Don Drysdale and a heartfelt correspondence with Jackie Robinson.
The Book that Changed the World
The Book that Changed the WorldVideo Clip (2:18)
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The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed in Western Europe using movable metal type, introducing text reproduction to the masses.
What was in Lincoln's Pockets?
What was in Lincoln's Pockets?Video Clip (2:16)
Video Clip (2:16)
Ordinary items such as spectacles, a handkerchief and confederate cash were discovered inside the pockets of President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.
Lincoln's Inaugural Bible
Lincoln's Inaugural BibleVideo Clip (2:09)
Video Clip (2:09)
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a Bible purchased for the occasion. The ceremony was witnessed by Clark of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carrol, who recorded the occasion in the Bible, which has special significance for President Obama.
Lincoln's Grammar Book
Lincoln's Grammar BookVideo Clip (2:25)
Video Clip (2:25)
Abraham Lincoln devoted intense effort to self-education through reading. His grammar book survives as a testament to this self-made man's pursuit of knowledge.
Wright BrothersVideo Clip (3:01)
Video Clip (3:01)
The Wright Brothers made the world's first powered flights. Check out their photos and journals and get an inside look at the men behind the legend.
The Original Gettysburg Address
The Original Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (2:58)
Video Clip (2:58)
Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.
Columbus' Book of Privileges
Columbus' Book of PrivilegesVideo Clip (2:13)
Video Clip (2:13)
Columbus compiled documents that were proof of assets bestowed upon him by the monarchs of Spain.
How To Get Into Princeton
How To Get Into PrincetonVideo Clip (3:11)
Video Clip (3:11)
Hand-sketched map from 1777 helped George Washington plan for the Battle of Princeton during the American Revolutionary War.
A Tale of Two Books
A Tale of Two BooksVideo Clip (2:44)
Video Clip (2:44)
Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau exchange books with each other in 1856.
The Founding Fathers Unite
The Founding Fathers UniteVideo Clip (2:51)
Video Clip (2:51)
Who wrote which parts of the anonymous Federalist Papers? Madison and Jefferson disagree.
The Book That Saved a Life
The Book That Saved a LifeVideo Clip (2:53)
Video Clip (2:53)
A copy of the 1913 French pocket edition of Kim by Rudyard Kipling had deflected a bullet and saved the life of Maurice Hamonneau, a French legionnaire and the last survivor of an artillery attack near Verdum, in World War I, by a mere twenty pages.
First Telegraph Message
First Telegraph MessageVideo Clip (2:55)
Video Clip (2:55)
Morse's first telegram marked the beginning of the telecommunications revolution.
Migrant Mother Photo
Migrant Mother PhotoVideo Clip (3:06)
Video Clip (3:06)
The Migrant Mother image is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made in February or March 1936 in Nipomo, California.
Magical MementosVideo Clip (2:58)
Video Clip (2:58)
Harry Houdini's scrapbooks document his entire career.
Civil War Sketchbook
Civil War SketchbookVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
Confederate topographical engineer Jedidiah Hotchkiss' sketchbook -- created with meticulous detail while on horseback -- helps Gen. Stonewall Jackson to master terrain during the Civil War.
Accounts Receivable Book Seized During the War of 1812
Accounts Receivable Book Seized During the War of 1812Video Clip (3:15)
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During the War of 1812, the British army, under Admiral Cockburn, captured Washington, D.C. Just before setting fire to the Capitol Building, Admiral Cockburn chose the only item labeled as "President of the U. States," from the President's ceremonial office as a memento.
The Union Sends a Message
The Union Sends a MessageVideo Clip (3:00)
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1863 "Wallpaper Edition" of the Daily Citizen newspaper is created as resources is scarce during the Civil War.
Lucy Burns Photograph
Lucy Burns PhotographVideo Clip (1:50)
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Suffrage leader Lucy Burns (1879-1966) was imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, probably in November 1917, after she and others were arrested for picketing the White House in support of a federal amendment granting women the right to vote.
Globe Shows Ocean Floor
Globe Shows Ocean FloorVideo Clip (2:00)
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Marie Tharp's papers in the Geography and Map Division contain more than 32,000 pieces including a handmade globe of the earth showing the ocean floor and the location of the mid-Atlantic Ocean ridge.
Photo Galleries (3)
Abraham Lincoln(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Civil War: Gettysburg
Civil War: Gettysburg(12 Photos)
Explore the historic Civil War battle of Gettysburg through photographs of the battlefield, the soldiers, and the memorials.
Suffrage and the Women Behind It
Suffrage and the Women Behind It(7 Photos)
In 1920, American women voted for the first time, thanks to pro-suffrage activists such as Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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